Aeroplane Monthly 1987-02
J.Bruce - "The question of launching torpedoes" (1)
The remarkable Pescara-Guidoni torpedo seaplane had two 200 h.p. Gnome rotary engines installed centrally within the divided fuselage: the forward engine drove a pusher propeller, the rear a tractor: the propellers rotated face to face under the complex cabane structure. The long floats had alette Guidoni, an early application of hydrofoils.
Three-view drawing of the Pescara-Guidoni torpedo seaplane, built in 1913.
Sopwith HT No 59, here seen taxying off Cromarty, displays its widely separated floats without crossbars. This seaplane was delivered to Cromarty on July 19, 1913 and was sent to the Sopwith works for repair on September 23-24, 1914.
The repaired Sopwith 1913 Circuit of Britain seaplane in landplane form at Brooklands.
Гидросамолет Sopwith No.170 был первым британским специально созданным торпедоносцем. Даже с 200-сильным (149 кВт) двигателем Canton-Unne он не мог взлететь с полной нагрузкой.
No 170, the Sopwith Special Seaplane that was the first British aircraft specifically designed to launch a torpedo, photographed at Woolston.
The reconstructed Sopwith Circuit aircraft in service with the Naval Wing as No 151. Dated July 20, 1914, this photograph was taken at the time of the Review of the Home Fleet, when 151 was flown by Lt R. P. Ross RN.
In this photograph of Sopwith HT No 60 the kingpost structure fitted under the fuselage can be seen. This modification was made to relieve landing and taxying loads on the wing structure.
Float attachments without crossbars also characterised the Sopwith seaplane flown by Hatcher in the 1913 Circuit of Britain seaplane contest. Here it is seen at Scarborough on August 25, 1913 during its third stop.
Poor and indistinct though this photograph is, it gives an impression of the Sopwith taxying rig in use, with a torpedo in position.